Dr. David Jeremiah's newest book from Tyndale House What Are You Afraid Of? deals with nine major fears and combines comprehensive Scripture study with relatable stories, reminding us that God's beloved children all have fears, yet He remains our Protector, our Healer, our Savior, and our Shepherd.
I began with the section on Disease: The Fear of Illness, a comforting chapter that includes a list of practicals encouragements when facing sickness... and they truly were both practical and encouraging.
They included centering your mind, counting your blessings, and claiming your promises.
I then went to Defeat: The Fear of Failure. In this chapter we learn several points to help us conquer the fear of defeat, most mined from Joshua as he prepared to lead with his Lord's help.
The principles include: Talk about the Word Constantly, Meditate on the Word continually, Read the Word Obediently, Follow the Word Exclusively, and Accept the Word Totally. Then understand the principle of Divine Presence and the Principle of Divine Prosperity: That God is ever with you, and that He will make your way prosperous.
Then I moved to Disconnection: The Fear of Being Alone. This fear really resonated with me, especially when Dr. Jeremiah talked about how it is possible to be lonely in a city full of people, and how in an age dedicated to networking we have so few real connections.
And this point is excellent. "One of the greatest omissions in the life of the average American Christian is the failure to cultivate close companions in the faith. In nations where Christianity is outlawed, restricted or persecuted, Christians survive by means of hidden, underground relationships with other believers. They must remain connected to one another in order to remain strong and courageous in Christ in spite of opposition. 'Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.'"
That chapter really meant a lot to me, because I recognize myself in it.
The next chapter relates, about Disapproval: The Fear of Rejection.
This is another deep fear, that the people we want to be close to will abandon us, leave us, and not want us anymore.
This quote is pure gold: "Fear drains us, while love empowers us. We cannot fear people and love people at the same time. We cannot sacrificially and unconditionally love others if all our energy is directed towards protecting ourselves."
Then I went to Depression, a chapter that focuses on just how many great Saints through the ages have suffered with lengthy depression.
The Prince of Preachers himself, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a man who lived and breathed the Scriptures and who knew that he walked in the presence of his Lord, sometimes wanted to die and couldn't find the love of God anywhere. Depression is common in Christians. It is not a sign of weakness or failure. And there is Hope.
"Sometimes the depth of the valley is a promise of the height of the blessing to come.
Valleys are defined by the high places that surround them."
And this is only five of the fears, the others include Fear of Death, Fear of God,
Fear of Danger, Fear of Disaster, and Fear of Debt. Each one is covered with the same attention he gave the five that stood out most clearly to me as I read. What Are You Afraid Of? would make a great Bible study and is also excellent for personal reading to help us focus on God during a time of fear and crisis. Dr. Jeremiah's caring, thoughtful way of writing is much appreciated!
Thank you Tyndale for my review copy!
Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, felt God’s calling on his life at a very early age. Born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jeremiah was raised in a family deeply committed to ministry. At the age of eleven, Dr. Jeremiah and his family moved to Dayton, Ohio where his father, Dr. James T. Jeremiah, was the Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and in 1953 became the President of Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio. A dedicated family man, Dr. Jeremiah believes that without the support and encouragement of his wife, Donna, Turning Point would have never been brought into existence. He and Donna have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.
Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment is to teaching the whole Word of God. His passion for people and his desire to reach the lost are evident in the way he communicates Bible truths and his ability to get right to the important issues. Dr. Jeremiah continues to be excited to see what God is going to do in broadcast ministry around the world through the ministries of Turning Point.